Q & A Interview with Chelsea Fine

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Chelsea Fine

1. What was your inspiration for writing the Finding Fate trilogy?

The short answer is the song “One More Night” by Maroon 5. The first time I heard that, I was like, “Yes! This song needs to be a book and I’m going to write it!” Haha. And I did.

I had this idea about a guy and a girl who don’t get along, but are forced to share a bathroom all summer and, therefore, forced to confront their past together so I sat down and typed it out. Originally, I wrote Best Kind Of Broken as a short novella—like, super short—and then I didn’t know what to do with it.

When my agent read it, she encouraged me to draw the story out and make it longer. I was like, “Um…there’s no way I can make this story any longer. I have nothing left in my head for these characters.” Haha. I hadn’t planned on turning it into a full-length novel, let alone a series.

But after I went back and re-read what I’d first written, the story kind of took a larger shape in my mind and I suddenly had all these ideas. So I started typing and typing, and bam! A series was born.

2. What do you like about writing in the New Adult genre?

The limitlessness! (Is that a word? Haha.) New Adult focuses on an era of life that is sometimes overlooked or undervalued by pop culture. Those post-high-school pre-adulthood years are crucial to developing your own identity, you know? So writing in the New Adult genre—especially writing New Adult romance—allows me to explore those life-changing decisions and obstacles that come our way during those years: The first time you have a serious adult relationship. The first time you have to get a “real” job. Making decisions about what to do or not to do with your life. Coming to terms with things that happened during your childhood… These are big issues! And I love having my New Adult characters confront them.

3. What was your favorite chapter or (scene) to write about in Best Kind of Broken?

My favorite scene was the one where Pixie and Levi are lying in the lavender field at nighttime, and both of them are sad, but they find a kind of peace with each other. It’s a really quiet scene and there’s nothing spectacular about it, but it completely took me by surprise when I was writing and I just started bawling. Haha. Like, tears pouring from my eyes as I typed. It’s not even a sad scene, but I think I was just so relieved to finally give these two characters a steady moment together—an honest bit of silence and remembering—that I couldn’t contain my emotion. Haha. But that’s my favorite part of writing; the scenes that catch me off-guard and stir my heart. Here’s an excerpt of that scene:

I pull the sharp heat and bitter taste of the cigarette through my lips, feeling my insides burn and my eyes blur as the smoke expands in my lungs. I don’t want to talk. I don’t want to cry. I just want to sit here, beside my hero, and remember.
The smoke floats into the quiet summer sky, swirling above us and fogging up the stars.
I bring the cigarette back to my mouth but Levi gently pulls it from my fingers before it reaches my lips. Keeping his eyes on the sky, he deftly smothers the burning tip into the dirt as the smoke above us thins out until it clears completely.
The stars are more beautiful without the smoke obscuring their brilliance.
Much more beautiful, actually. Real.
We stay like that, shoulder to shoulder, eyes fixed above, for countless minutes.
Lavender. Summer air. Spearmint.

4.Who was your favorite character(s) to write about in the Finding Fate trilogy?

Um, Zack. Or wait! Ellen. And Daren. Haha. Okay, so that’s not a precise answer, but it’s hard to choose! Zack was great to write because he’s just like my friend, Brad. He’s funny, silly, and charming—and it was easy to bring that character to life. I loved writing Ellen because she’s has a whole backstory in my head that’s sad and heartbreaking and hopeful and beautiful… And hopefully, I’ll write it someday soon. And Daren was, well…he was just plain amusing. Haha. He’s hot and arrogant, but poor and insecure, and I just loved being in his head.

5. Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Thank you! Thank you for being fellow readers because I love talking books with you guys! And thank you SO MUCH for reading my books and making my dreams come true! I love what I do, and the fact that you guys can connect to my characters and stories is just…ah! It’s amazing. Truly incredible. I love your guts!

BEST KIND OF BROKEN by Chelsea Fine (January 13, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; $12.00)
Pixie Marshall wishes every day she could turn back time and fix the past. But she can't. And the damage is done. She's hoping that a summer of free room and board working with her aunt at the Willow Inn will help her forget. Except there's a problem: the resident handyman is none other than Levi Andrews. The handsome quarterback was once her friend-and maybe more-until everything changed in a life-shattering instant. She was hoping to avoid him, possibly forever. Now he's right down the hall and stirring up feelings Pixie thought she'd long buried . . .

Levi can't believe he's living with the one person who holds all his painful memories. More than anything he wants to make things right, but a simple "sorry" won't suffice-not when the tragedy that scarred them was his fault. Levi knows Pixie's better off without him, but every part of him screams to touch her, protect her, wrap her in his arms, and kiss away the pain. Yet even though she's so close, Pixie's heart seems more unreachable than ever. Seeing those stunning green eyes again has made one thing perfectly clear-he can't live without her.

Displaying Chelsea Fine Headshot 2.jpgChelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She's ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.


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